Latest EP "Rufio" Now Available
Elias Strategos continues his epic reign on the hip hop scene with his latest EP. Rufio is the awaited latest follow-up to Strategos’s last project, Righteous Imperfection, a hard-hitting collection of explosive tracks relaying the struggle of street life, the reward of the daily grind, and the vibrancy of spiritual salvation. Now, the rap virtuoso is back with an EP that’s even more explosive than his last. If there’s one thing Strategos has proved, it’s that he is a force to be reckoned with. Clever wordplay, electric vibes, and a “don’t f*** with me” attitude pack this EP front to back.
Opening track, “Adios” is an untamed banger, featuring a booming bass line alongside Strategos’s signature flow; a killer combo sure to make heads turn. Track two, “Humble Man”, establishes Strategos as just that: A man humbled by his power, but not afraid to step up and fight for what he believes in. Cleverly bookended with the spoken-word banter of awe-struck boxing commentators, the track lays down the line: Anyone who steps into the ring with this guy is sure to face a beatdown as ferocious and tenacious as his rapping style. Rufio’s third track, “Wait” is a morose personal exploration into Strategos’s trials and tribulations as a man and as a musician. A recurring female vocal hook adds a color and sincerity to the song, juxtaposed by Strategos’ harsh flow. Rufio ends on a high note with “Douglasville”, a moody and powerful track with honest, pained lyrics written specifically for those who can relate.
On top of the lyrical prowess and expert flow showcased by Strategos, the EP is elevated to a new level of expertise by its immaculate, top-notch production. Killer beats and infectious rhythms compliment Strategos’s spitfire verses with a pulse-pounding, adrenaline-pumping energy. Time and time again, with each new release, Strategos proves to be an unstoppable force, an immovable object. On Rufio, as always, Strategos exits the ring victorious.
Released August 28th, Righteous Imperfection is where
pain and passion collide, creating an immensely disturbing
decadence of seasoned showmanship. This supremely gifted
hip hop prodigy blasts onto the scene of 2020 with a
dominating delivery of hits that will leave your friends asking, “Who the F_ _ _ _ is that?” This EP flows effortlessly
between moments of vulnerability and bars that hit like a brick through your windshield. That balancing of sounds and energies is an ability only a handful of modern rappers can claim to possess. Strategos’s music reveals that his knack for lyricism stems from his storied career. As a native of Atlanta, Georgia, Strategos’s bars have been shaped and molded by overcoming the intense hardships of a severely checkered past. As a result, Righteous Imperfection bears a heavily street-influenced sound while tossing up rhymes that could only be written by a man matured by the throes of life.
This EP simply refuses to skimp out on energetic bangers. “Tik Tok”, track number two, is a high-energy A-side with an infectious trap beat, perfect for getting the party started. Strategos’s intentions are direct and pull zero punches. Track after track, his rhythm never falters, each bar accompanied with clever wordplay and intricate rhyme schemes. On top of it all, each song is immaculately produced. The beats go hard when needed but always serve to accompany Strategos, who dominates center stage with his relentless flow. EP highlight “Bankhead” features Strategos’s signature breakneck verses against a backdrop of lush instrumentation. Warm horns and jazz chords accompany lyrics of struggle and strife - a satisfying closing track that sums up the themes of Righteous Imperfection perfectly.
It’s clear, even from a first listen, that Strategos’s latest EP is a deeply personal one. It's apparent that hardship is nothing new for this artist and that’s obvious from the lyrical content on Righteous Imperfection. However, this EP sounds more like a success story than a tragedy as Strategos continues his vigorous pursuit to the top of billboard charts. Perhaps the true testament to an individual’s strength is not what they can endure, but what they can make from their endurance. For Strategos, Righteous Imperfection serves as a stamp of that success. The rest is history.